HMS Tyne

HMS Tyne (P281)

HMS Tyne safeguards the UK’s fishing stocks. She is one of the busiest vessels in the Fleet, spending nine out of every ten days of the year at sea.

The first of the Royal Navy’s original generation of River Class ships, HMS Tyne has been serving the nation since the summer of 2003.


Working for the Fishery Protection Squadron - the oldest formation in the Royal Navy - and, more recently, the Offshore Patrol Squadron, HMS Tyne is one of the busiest ships in the Fleet, typically at sea around 190 days every year.


She is affiliated with the borough of North Tyneside.

Facts & figures

Facts & figures

300 days

Out of 365 spent on Fishery Protection

400 vessels

Inspected by HMS Tyne per year on average

20+ knots

Top speed

Our skills

Our skills

UK Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Security – regularly covering from 55o N (South Shields) right down to the Bay of Biscay.

Meeting the public at events across the UK – more UK ports are open to River-class ships than their larger cousins the T23 or T45. So HMS Tyne regularly flies the flag in these less well-visited areas.

Providing a training platform for navigation courses – the crew was directly responsible for facilitating the training and assessment of 27 newly qualified RN Navigators in 2017 alone.

Escorting foreign warships through the UK area of influence – HMS Tyne pent 85 days in 2017 escorting warships through UK waters from Russia, China and Algeria.

Our operations

Current operation

Fishery Protection

United Kingdom

Protecting the British fishing industry and safeguarding the nation's fishing stocks.

Our base

Our base

United Kingdom

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Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Commander Ben Costley-White

Ben grew up in South West London and was fortunate enough to gain a choral scholarship to the City of London School before then reading Neuroscience at the University of Bristol. On graduation in 2005 he went on to complete his PGCE, including teaching at the International School in Oslo, before beginning his working life proper as a Biology and ICT teacher, again in Central London. While teaching he was asked to assist with his school’s Cadet Corps – one thing led to the next and following a brief period with the RNR he joined the Regular RN in Jan 2010.


HMS Tyne's role

Our principal mission is to enforce fishery regulations in UK waters, working on behalf of the Marine Management Organisation to make sure fishing vessels stick to quotas and rules.


Rotating her crew roughly every fortnight, Tyne is almost constantly at sea in home waters, making her ideal as the eyes and ears of the Navy around the UK.



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